The problem of necessity remains one of the central issues in modern philosophy. The authors of this volume, originally published in 1985, developed a new approach to the problem, which focusses on the logical grammar of necessary propositions. This volume gathers their seminal essays on the problem of necessity, together with new material at the original time publication.
Editor’s Introduction S. G. Shanker 1. Necessity and Language 2. Factual, Mathematical and Metaphysical Inventories 3. A priori Truths and Empirical Confirmation 4. Assuming the Logically Impossible 5. Invention and Discovery 6. Mathematical Generality 7. The Infinite in Mathematics 8. The Metaphysical Concept of Space 9. The Passing of an Illusion 10. On Making a Philosophical Problem Disappear